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Women taking diabetes drug found to have decreased COVID-19 death risk

December 10, 2020

Researchers have previously stated that patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 and death from the illness. They demonstrate how accumulation of visceral fat around patients’ organs can lead to increased secretion of inflammatory substances such as interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), and D-dimer, which may […]

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Emergency use authorisation for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in India

December 7, 2020

Biopharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. has applied for emergency approval for use of its coronavirus two-shot vaccine from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). However, there has been no response from the DCGI nor the health ministry. As of last week, India has reported more than 9.60 million COVID-19 cases with nearly 140,000 deaths. It […]

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UPDATE: Oxford coronavirus vaccine spells good news for older adults

November 20, 2020

Good preliminary results for the Oxford coronavirus vaccine co-developed with drugmaker AstraZeneca adds to the already promising trial results for three other vaccines – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Russia’s Sputnik. According to research data, the Oxford vaccine shows a strong immune response in adults suggesting that it can protect age groups most at risk from the […]

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Two different COVID-19 vaccine trials show great success

November 17, 2020

Next year is already sounding more promising – two pharmaceutical giants have announced successful COVID-19 vaccine trials, which may help push more people to get vaccinated amid a surge of new coronavirus cases, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, an American immunologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The vaccines, one […]

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Old arthritis drug overcomes antibiotic resistance

November 9, 2020

Decades of overuse of antibiotics has rendered most of humanity’s best drugs useless against superbugs; researchers at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), however, have discovered new potential to diminish bacterial resistance by repurposing an existing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) drug, auranofin. The team found that auranofin, an old drug used to treat RA since the […]

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Aerosol drug found to inhibit activity of coronavirus

November 2, 2020

An international team of researchers from UK and Germany have identified a drug with the potential to provide relief from COVID-19 complications. Led by professors from the University of Kent, the Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main, and the Hannover Medical School, the researchers found that the drug compound, known as aprotinin, displayed inhibitory activity against […]

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Trio awarded Nobel Prize for Medicine for hepatitis C discovery

October 19, 2020

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology for Medicine has been awarded to research scientists Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for first identifying and then enabling novel testing methods concerning the hepatitis C virus. Their pioneering work on the unexplained form of blood-borne hepatitis raises hopes of completely eradicating the virus. However, […]

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Anti-flu drug prevents coronavirus better than hydroxychloroquine

October 14, 2020

Treatment with a high dose of the anti-flu drug favipiravir has been found to have a more potent antiviral effect than hydroxychloroquine in an animal experiment with the novel coronavirus. Virologists at the KU Leuven Rega Institute (KU Leuven) in Belgium have been testing existing drugs in search of a vaccine – they detected hardly […]

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Slower cognitive decline in diabetics on certain medication, researchers find

September 28, 2020

Metformin, a commonly prescribed drug for patients with type-2 diabetes in the US, has been found to lower dementia rates in some older patients. Metformin has been found to confer lifespan-extending effects on several animal studies in the past – a recent study led by researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in NSW, […]

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Injectable hydrogel vaccine found to be more effective than liquid vaccine types

September 23, 2020

Vaccines, obtained from a dead virus, confer resistance to infectious diseases by stimulating the immune system into producing antibodies that work against the actual live virus, should a person become infected with it. However, typical liquid vaccines are active for only a short period within the body, something akin to two days instead of two […]

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